During World War II a number of professional athletes—many in the prime of their careers— enlisted in the military. Anne Keene, author of The Cloudbuster Nine: The Untold Story of Ted Williams and the Baseball Team Who Helped Win World War II, will share of one exciting saga involving baseball icons at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. October 11 at the Allen Public Library. Come early to enjoy old fashion baseball music.
In 1943, the New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals were in the World Series, but another of the nation's most capable baseball teams practiced on a college field in North Carolina. Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky, and Johnny Sain were among the dedicated fighter-pilot cadets who donned Cloudbuster Nine baseball jerseys at an elite Navy training school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
With the help of rare images and insights from World War II baseball veterans such as Dr. Bobby Brown and Eddie Robinson, the story of this remarkable team is brought to life for the first time in this recently published book.
Anne Keene will participate in the 2018 Texas Book Festival in Austin. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, National Geographic Books, the Dallas Morning News and a host of national sports publications. The Cloudbuster Nine currently ranks among Amazon’s top 25 baseball/sports books for teens and adult readers.
Anne serves as an advisor to Texas Our Texas, a Texas PBS documentary and education network, and is a board member supporting the Friends of Libraries and Archives of Texas. She is currently interviewing Major League Baseball’s surviving WWII veterans – a rare fraternity of fewer than 45 men who paused their professional baseball careers to serve their country.
Sponsored by the Allen Public Library, the program is free. The library is located at 300 N. Allen Dr. Call 214-509-4911 for additional information.